Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Saturday, May 19th, 1660.
Proceedings against the Regicides.
MR. Pryn reports, that according to the Commands of this House, he carried the Votes of this House, touching the Seizing and Securing of the Persons and Estates of them who sat in Judgment upon the late King, when Sentence of Death was given against him, who are fled; and to stop the Ports to hinder their Escape: And the Lords return Answer, that they will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
A Bill for settling Lands, in lieu of other Lands, to enable Augustine Skynner and Wm. Skynner, to sell Lands for Payment of Debts, was this Day read the First time.
Mr. Pryn reports from the Committee of Discoveries, Discoveries adjudged by the Commissioners, as followeth; viz.
Several Woods and Wood Grounds in Balsborough", also several Parcels of Land, called Rennard Moor and Blachacre, in the County of Somerset. A Discovery of the Stil-yard.
A Bill for the due Stating and Clearing of publick Debts; and for Discovery of Frauds and Concealments of any Thing due to the Publick; was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That this Bill be read the Second time on this Day Sevennight.
Ordered, That the Horses, belonging to Col. Harrison, which are seized upon in Staffordshire, be brought up to the Mewse, and kept there till further Order: And that Captain Worswicke do take care to see this Order put in Execution.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to the Commissioners in the County of Stafford, who seized the Horses of Colonel Harrison, for their Care and good Service: And that Col. Bowyer do return them the Thanks of this House.
Apprehension of Mildmay, &c.
The Lord President reports from the Council of State, Two Letters to them directed, from the Earl of Winchelsea, dated at Dover the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Instant, concerning the seizing the Person of Sir Henry Mildmay, and of Jacob Stephens, of Lambeth Marsh, and John Packer, Sir Henry's Servant, at Rye, from whence they were conveyed to Dover by a Party of the Earl of Winchelsea's Horse, and there secured; which were read:
He also reports several Examinations and Informations, taken before the Earl of Winchelsea, which came inclosed in one of the said Letters; viz.
The Copy of a Relation of the taking some Passengers in their Escape at Rye, signed by John Rowe, John Dallet, and John Eve, 17 May 1660;
The Examination of Samuell Bembrig, Clerk of the Passage, at Rye, 17 May 1660;
The Examination of Sir Henry Mildmay, 17 May 1660;
The Examination of Jacob Stevens, 17 May 1660;
The Examination of John Packer, 17 May 1660;
The voluntary Information of Edward Price, taken at Hithe 5 April 1660, concerning Words spoken by Mr. Lawrence Knot, late Governor of Sandgate Castle in the County of Kent;
The Examination of the said Lawrence Knot, taken before the Earl of Winchelsea 17 May 1660:
Which were read.
Ordered, That it be referred back to the Council of State to take Order for bringing up the said Persons, and for examining of Witnesses and Parties; and to secure such of them as they shall see Cause; and to take care that the Monies and Goods seized in the Hands of Sir Henry Mildmay, be secured, so as to be forthcoming; and to give such Rewards to the Soldiers employed in this Service, as they shall judge meet.
Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to the Earl of Winchelsea, for his great Care and good Service about the seizing and securing Sir Henry Mildmay, and the other Persons with him, and his other Proceedings about that Business: And that it be referred to the Council of State to send the Order of Thanks to his Lordship accordingly.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State to take Care that Samuell Bembrig, Clerk of the Passage at Rye, be discharged of that Employment; and to see the Charge thereof put into a safe Hand.
The House being informed of a desperate Person, who, in his publick Teaching, at a Meeting in Swan Alley in Coleman Street, on Thursday last, did revile the King's Majesty;
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of London do forthwith send for the Party who gave the said Information, and for the Party against whom the Information is given, so soon as his Name shall be known; and forthwith to secure him, and to make a speedy and thorough Examination of the Business.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom the Examination of Mr. Secretary Thurloe's Business is referred, do receive Information of all Matters which shall reflect upon the Safety or Honour of the King's Majesty, and to proceed to a thorough Examination thereupon, and secure the Persons concerned, as they shall find necessary; and to send for Persons, Papers, and Witnesses, and what else may conduce to the Business; and from time to time to report to the House.
Lords desire a Conference.
A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Rich and Mr. Escourt, Two Masters of the Chancery;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to wait upon you, and desire a Conference this Morning at Eleven Clock, in the Painted Chamber, concerning the Votes sent to them Yesterday against the Judges that adjudged the King to Death.
Resolved, That this House do grant a Conference with the Lords, as desired: And that Mr. Annesley. Sir Wm. Lewis, Mr. Pryn, and Mr. Finch, be a Committee to manage the Conference with the Lords.
The Messengers being again called in, Mr. Speaker gave them this Answer;
Gentlemen, The House has considered of your Message; and agree to a Conference, at the Time and Place, as is desired.
Grants of Offices, &c.
Mr. Finch reports from the Committee to prepare Bills, a Bill to make void Grants of Titles of Honour, Offices, Royalties, Honours, Manors, Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, under several Great Seals, granted since Day of May 1642; which was this Day read the First time.
Ordered, That this Bill be read the Second time on Tuesday Morning next.
Army and Navy Arrears.
The House, according to former Order, resolved itself into a Grand Committee, to consider of Ways for the speedy raising of a considerable Sum of Money, for Satisfaction of the Arrears due to the Army and Navy.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair:
Sir Tho. Widdrington took the Chair:
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair:
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports from the said Grand Committee, the Resolve of the said Committee, that a Poll Bill be brought in, for and towards the raising of the Sum of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Resolved, That a Poll Bill be brought in, for and towards the raising of the said Sum of Four hundred thousand Pounds.
Resolved, That this House be resolved into a Grand Committee, upon this Business, on Monday Morning Nine Clock.
The House adjourns till Monday Morning Eight of Clock.